Albee Benitez names Maghari as city administrator; Chiu as secretary

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Mayor-elect Albee Benitez named two Negrense lawyers as Bacolod City’s next city administrator and secretary-to-the-mayor when he assumes his post on June 30.

Atty. Pacifico Maghari III is the incoming city administrator while Atty. Karol Joseph Chiu will be Benitez’s secretary.

Maghari, also a certified public accountant, previously served the local government of Talisay City, Negros Occidental as executive assistant for finance. He presently heads the Talisay Housing Authority. (

Benitez said Maghari is tasked to coordinate the work of all city government offices and establish and maintain a sound personnel program “be it in the frontline of the delivery of administrative support services, especially those related to man-made and natural disasters and calamities, and perform other duties and functions as may be prescribed by law or ordinance.”

For his part, Chiu said his goal is to assist the local chief executive in bringing “meaningful change” to Bacolod.

His secretary will take charge and be in custody of all records and documents of the city, its offices and departments, said Benitez.